Despite widespread praise in Western capitals for NATO’s leadership of the air campaign in Libya, a confidential NATO assessment paints a sobering portrait of the alliance’s ability to carry out such campaigns without significant support from the United
I’m too tired to read the whole thing. One of you smart commenters do that for me, willya?
I’ll just say this- Coalition warfare is always tough. If the campaign wasn’t perfect, it was good enough.
That’s not to say I was a supporter of the campaign. If Europe felt like doing that, fine. But for the US to participate without the President so much as asking Congress, and yet citing NATO (but not Article 5) as the authorizing authority… well, it’s just wrong.
And while I haven’t read the article, I did skim enough to see that trying to utilize a similar campaign in Syria would be fraught with risks.
After all, the political outcome in Libya wasn’t exactly in line with our goals, whatever our military successes. And I suspect Syria would be more of the same, but at a far higher price.